I've got one word for you this week, loves: prosperity. That's the promise evoked by Fortune, the tenth card of the major arcana, represented here by the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi represents wealth, fortune, and prosperity. The word that comes to mind for me with this card is abundance. We see Lakshmi and her husband Vishnu flying over the earth on a giant bird, surveying the bountiful trees, mountains, and rivers.
Prosperity, of course, can take many forms. It would be a mistake to take this card at face value and assume it refers simply to money. Instead, when I see the card's image of rich blue sky and green trees, I think of the innate prosperity that is always around us: the prosperity of the earth, of your body and mind, of the vast sky and sea. In other words, rich abundance is all around us, if we choose to see it. This calls for us to open our eyes, to really see. Can you find abundance, prosperity, in the smallest or simplest of objects? If so, you are using the eyes of Lakshmi, integrating her message of true prosperity.
We so often operate from a standpoint of scarcity rather than abundance. We think that someone else's success threatens our own, or someone else's beauty makes us less beautiful. This is not so. These feelings assume that there is a finite amount of success, happiness, beauty, or whatever it is you seek. When we reframe our way of thinking, reminding ourselves that there is an infinite amount of these things, we can act from a feeling of peaceful security rather than fear.
So I hate to break it to you, but this card most likely isn't predicting that you'll win the lottery anytime soon. Sure, you just might--but you will feel rich a whole lot quicker if you focus on the abundance you already have. I don't necessarily mean things that are lavish and luxurious. Abundance lies in things as small as a morning piece of toast, a night of deep sleep, hearing a friend's voice over the phone. To love and be loved at all; that is already infinite abundance. Lottery shmottery!
That said, this card does correlate to the Wheel of Fortune card in traditional decks, which suggests a wild spinning of the wheels of chance, an unexpected turn of fate. So something new truly might be coming your way! To live in a state of wakefulness, open-eyed, excited for the next possible turn of the wheel-- it feels really good, right? Almost like you're already in a state of abundance…
It's a great week to: make a list of the things you're grateful for. There's been tons of research that this practice consistently raises your happiness! It will draw your eye back to the prosperity that Lakshmi promises. It's also a great week to take chances. The wheel of fortune is always spinning, so why not make it spin a little faster? Do something that feels a little wild: apply for that fellowship, take a day trip somewhere completely new, enter a contest, tell someone something that you've been scared to say. Give the wheel of fortune a little turn, and see what excitement arises!!
Happy prospering, gods & goddesses! xo